Used to make the print, it s the visible form a picture takes after the film is processed. A negative s tones and (with color print film) colors are the opposite of what they were in the subject, but printing reverses them back to their original state.
Glossary of Photo Jargon for Travelers
An image where the tones (recorded brightness values) and, with color film, the colors are reverse of those in the scene. When printed, the negative becomes positive.
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